Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Workshop Cards – W106, W107, W108

Here are some more cards we made at Joanne’s workshop back in May.


Paper: Rose Red, Soft Sky, Black, White.

Stamps: Simply Soft, Sincere Salutations.

Ink: Rose Red, Soft Sky, Black.

Embellishments: Primrose Petals ribbon, Lacy Brocade EF, sponge, Rose Red marker.

This is a Faux Mother of Pearl technique.  Simply sponge/pounce Sky Blue ink on to white cardstock.  Swipe with Frost white shimmer paint.  Very pretty eh?  My marker ink wasn’t quite dry so it ended up smeared a bit.

Paper: Sky Blue, White, Wild Wasabi DSP.

Stamps: Close as a Memory, Simply Sketched.

Ink: Rose Red.

Embellishments: tissue paper, glue stick, Lots of Labels sizzlits, Rose Red marker, Wild Wasabi marker, sponge.

Punches: Large oval, Scallop edge.

We cut our tissue paper bigger than the white cs, stamped it, crumpled it then glue stuck it on to the white cs, folding the excess tissue to the back.

Paper: Soft Suede, Vanilla, Early Espresso.

Stamps: Simply Sketched.

Ink: Early Espresso.

Embellishments: Woodgrain EF.

Should of stamped my little branch closer to the left as I kind of buried him!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

American Girl Doll Tutu Tutorial AG005

Now the girls are outfitted!  Isabelle is going to show Kanani some of her dance moves then later, Kanani will show Isabelle some dance moves from Hawaii!  Which one do you like best Olivia??  (Original post HERE).  Very hard decision, I’d say!

American Girl  doll Tutu with ribbon waist Tutorial

I kinda followed Pixie Faire’s idea. The tulle I had was 104” wide so I rolled it until it was manageable to cut.  I cut the uneven pieces off.

I cut 4 strips at 2” wide by 104” long, trimmed off the salvage.

I wanted my tutu to be just over 4” so I cut my cardstock 8.5” long and wrapped my tulle pieces around it.

I cut the top and bottom folds.

I now have 52 strips of 2” wide tulle by 8”.

Tied my ribbon as did Pixie Faire.

Tied the ribbon to my cardstock for easier control.

Fold one 8” piece of tulle in half and slide it under the ribbon.

Put the tails through the loop and pull tight.  Slide it right next to one knot.

Repeat until you have reached the other knot and you are done.  Tie a bow with the extra ribbon under the dolls arm.


American Girl Doll Tutu (red) – Elastic Waist Tutorial

I used 9 meters of 2” strips for this red one.  I wanted my completed tutu to be about 4” long so I cut my cardstock 8” long and wrapped my tulle pieces around it.


Cut both folds.  Now you have 4” pieces at 2” wide.

Cut ¼” elastic 9” long.  Sew to form a circle.


I slipped my elastic over a lid to hold it.

Tie the netting very loosely to the elastic.


 If you tie it too tight, the elastic will ‘grow’ – I found that out!

Bring tails down.


Continue tying until all your pieces are used up.
Ok Isabelle, you can go show Kanani your dance moves!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recipe – Pineapple Dump Cake

Boy oh boy …can a guy spend a lot of time on Pinterest eh?  So many smart and talented people!  I want to share this cake recipe I found.  So simple.  Just open a can of crushed pineapple and pour it over a dry Angel Food cake mix and stir.

Pour into a greased cake pan.

Bake 350* for 30 minutes.

And enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

American Girl Doll Tights Tutorial and Top Tutorial AG005

American Girl Doll T-Shirt Tutorial

I understand that Isabelle is a dancer so we best get her outfitted!  Kanani would like to learn to dance too so we will make her an outfit too.  I will get to the tutu’s at a later date.  I started out using the camisole pattern by Dollar Doll Clothes.  I added ¼ “across the top and ¼” on to the fold.  I cut at what she has marked ‘fold line back’ as I did not want any casing at the back.  Again, this pattern was adjusted for 4 way stretch fabric.  I cut ribbing about 6.5” by ¾” wide for the armholes and continued it into straps.  I started at the back then tried it on the doll before attaching the straps to the back.  Then I added a strip of interfacing before adding the Velcro.


American Girl Doll Tights Tutorial


I couldn’t a ‘free’ pattern for tights so I created one!  I started out using Dollar Doll Clothes pattern for Pants/Pajamas.  I cut ½” away from the fold side as I wanted them to fit tight.  I added 2” to the length and rounded that.  I left the waistband as is.  Cut two.  You must use 4 way stretch fabric!


Sew one crotch.  Lay 9” of ¼ or 3/8” elastic on right side and serge.

Sew the other crotch seam.  Sew inside legs.  Adjust length if needed.
Now we can create some tutu's the girls at a later date so stay tuned or better yet, sign up to my Blog so you won’t miss any of my AG posts!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sewing - Children's Draw String Tea Towel Apron

Here is an easy apron even if you aren’t a seamstress. Because the tea towel is already hemmed, much of the sewing work is already done.

Find center and mark with a pin.  Measure 3” on either side of the center pin and mark.

Measure down 10” on each side and mark with pins.  Fold from the top pin to the side pin on each side and press.

Measure and mark a ¾” seam allowance from the folds.  Cut away.

Serge on this line, re-press and topstitch.  Repeat for other side.

 I found this towel a little too long for my 5 year old so I blind hemmed the bottom.  I didn’t really like so much white showing anyways.  I had to add my sewing label, of course!

Cut 3” wide strips of fabric to total 75” long for one continuous tie for a 4 to 6 year old child.  No need to cut on the bias.  Click HERE to see how to join the strips.

Press in half then press each half to the center.

Topstitch both long sides.

 Zigzag across ends.

Feed the tie starting at one side of the apron.

Continue feeding the ties down the other side.

Tie knots in each end so the tie won’t pull out.

Cut a piece of fabric 10” by 12”.

With right sides together, fold to make a piece 5” x 12”.

Sew right sides together with ¼” seam allowance leaving an opening to turn.

Clip corners, turn and press.  Topstitch across the top of the pocket – the opposite end of the opening – I think I forgot to do this!  Find the center of the apron across from the ties.

Lightly press a center line on the pocket. Pin to apron.

Topstitch on to apron.

Sew down center of the pocket.
And you are ready to bake!

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